Hey, Siri, can you read my hidden messages to everyone? Sure, press that button

Hey, Siri, can you read my hidden messages to everyone? Sure, press that button
Security flaw search and rescue is on the cusp of becoming an Olympic discipline, especially when Apple, Google or Facebook are concerned, and in the latest installment of that trend, an Apple-centric publication out of Brazil has found out that Siri can read messages out loud for you, even if you have turned on the option to hide them from the lock screen.

Thankfully, this is only valid for third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, the workplace Slack chats or Gmails, for instance, but still the implications may not be pleasant for a dedicated individual bent on learning what you just got on the phone you left at the table. When you hold down the home key (or the side button on the iPhone X), you will be greeted with Siri's old bot-like timbre that will read out the sender and a few lines from the third-party message that's in the balance, as well as the subject line, if any. 

If you don't want Siri to do that while Apple eventually looks into the matter (it's been reported already), simply turn off lock screen notifications for those chat or mail apps whose messages you don't want to be read by Siri out loud with the press of a button for the whole room to hear.

source: 9to5Mac


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12 Comments

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Why people criticize everything Apple makes or does? It's a FEATURE. Ever heard of that? A secret feature called: SOS a.k.a 'Spy On Spouse'. It's quite handy, really. G'Day!

4. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 915; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

What phone are you getting this year?

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I think I'm going to stick with my S6 for another year or two. It's getting pretty old but still does whatever I throw at it i.e Twitter, What'sApp, Edge Browser and occasional Angry Birds! With that being said; I'm keeping an eye on the prices of OnePlus 5T, Nokia 8 and Galaxy A8 Plus! Can't afford anything beyond $400 right now! Let's see, mate! G'Day!

11. thedizzle

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

I had the s6, but switched to the s7 edge like a month later and had that for a while til I got my note 8. For it being an old phone, it does still look good hah.

5. Alin03

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Haha, Lol security flaws are now a feature

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

In Apple's world, ANYTHING is POSSIBLE...

9. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Apple will release a statement: "You are hiding your messages wrong" I am so fed up with Apple ever since the throtling of batteries. Been a solid iPhone user for the years alongside with my Galaxy phones. Just can't live with the fact that no matter how you have trusted the company they are deceiving their customers.

12. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1526; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

“If you don't want Siri to do that while Apple eventually looks into the matter (it's been reported already), simply turn off lock screen notifications for those chat or mail apps whose messages you don't want to be read by Siri out loud with the press of a button for the whole room to hear.” Or simply DISABLE Siri.

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